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Alyson Hannigan talks "Willow" Tv Movie - We will have to wait a very long time

Monday 6 February 2006, by Webmaster

Don’t Wait For Willow

Alyson Hannigan, who played Willow Rosenberg for seven years on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, told SCI FI Wire that she occasionally hears rumors about proposed TV movies based on Buffy or its spinoff series, Angel, but doubts that creator Joss Whedon will ever get around to realizing a telefilm based on her character. "I don’t know," Hannigan said in an interview while promoting her new film, the comedy Date Movie. "Yeah, it pops up every now and then, and I just don’t know. I just treasure the experience. It was such a great, long chapter of my life."

Hannigan, who also co-stars on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, added: "I think I would just be too scared to sort of go back and possibly tarnish it in any way. Joss is too busy [to do a Willow movie]. He’s not going to write it. He’s not going to direct it, you know? I’m sure he would get great people, but there’s nothing like the Joss touch. I think by all means they should absolutely do the Spike movie. I think that’s the logical next step, but ... I don’t think Willow is the next step."

It’s actually yet to be determined if any kind of Buffy or Angel spinoff movie will come to pass. David Janollari, president of entertainment at what used to be The WB network, said last month that the network would welcome a movie based on James Marsters’ Spike character, but echoed Hannigan’s comments. At the recent Television Critics Association winter press tour, Janollari told reporters that Whedon may be too busy.

Whedon is planning to write and direct a big-screen version of Wonder Woman and is also known to be developing a supernatural film called Goners, casting further doubt on the likelihood of a Spike movie. Janollari’s desire to air a Spike movie may be complicated by The WB’s recently announced merger with UPN to create The CW, which came after Janollari made his comments in January.

For his part, Whedon has remained noncommittal about doing a Spike or other Buffy spinoff movie, though he has expressed interest in doing one.

7 Forum messages

  • That sucks. I know everyone is talking about how much they want to see a Spike movie but I’d rather see Willow.
  • Just tell me what the hell happened in that alley! I sort of don’t get the delay on the Spike movie b/c all the pieces seem to be in place for Tim Minear, James and Amy anyway (unless it’s b/c Fox is sitting on its ass, as usual). And everyone knows the clock is ticking on James’s face (his words). I know there’s all this hoopla about the network merger but if they have half a brain, they know this’d be a huge hit (at least for them). And Fox oughta know the DVD would be for them as well. I was optimistic 6 months ago, but I’m less so now. That’s the problem with corporations determining what we watch. They’re the only ones who can finance this sort of expensive project, but then when you have a only a niche market success, they won’t plop down the fairly modest dough required to make outstanding television (or features for that matter) b/c it isn’t "sufficiently profitable." Of course it’s not, it’s a niche market thing. Then you’re left with the wasteland that is American tv and feature cinema.
  • I would take a Spike movie, Willow movie...hell at this point I’d take an Andrew or Clem movie. I just don’t see it happening though. I think Buffyverse as we knew it is gone forever....
  • Willow, Spike, Xander, ....I don’t care if its a Kennedy spinoff just give me something..
  • A clem movie? lol....imagine that. ;)
  • The person who said the buffyverse its gone forever is so wrong, i mean its the most stupid thing i’ve ever heard, because like a month ago new dvds came out new action figures are coming out this year, new comics by darkhorse and joss is really considering doing a Spike movie he’s just working some things out, all we need its a little faith you know buffy will never die if the fans dont die buffy wont die either smg says shes willing to be on a buffy movie big screen movie only if the script is great and, and that what all of the other cast member has said so have a little faith, and wait a little becuase sooner than later buffy will be back. Sorry for bad english.
  • > Alyson Hannigan talks "Willow" Tv Movie - We will have to wait a very long time

    19 February 2006 21:54, by That guy that sat next to you on the bus yesterday
    That sucks - its like Whedon is desperately trying to prove to the world that hes not a one-trick pony....but in doing so, hes stopped doing his best trick...the one that made us fall in love with him in the first place. I miss the buffyverse..... :(